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Employment Officer – Employers/Businesses (Your Vision Your Future)

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Our Values

It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation. 

 

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About the team we are recruiting to

Coventry City Council’s Migration Team is an innovative and dynamic team that is focussed on meeting the needs of newly arriving communities in the city and supporting integration.  The team works with internal and diverse external partners to deliver projects and other interventions based on our migrant needs assessment and other evidence related to the barriers faced by new migrants.  

Coventry was one of the first cities to welcome Syrian refugees in 2014, and the team leads a partnership in delivering a resettlement programme welcoming some of the most vulnerable individuals fleeing conflict and persecution from Syria and the Middle-East.  Work is centred on enabling refugees to make Coventry their new home, living with dignity and respect as well as contributing positively to our vibrant and growing city. 

Building on Coventry’s history of welcoming new arrivals into the city, we work towards maintaining a strategic overview of our refugee and migrant population including people seeking asylum dispersed to the City.  With over £3.5m already brought into the city, from external funding we establish collaborative partnerships to maximise interventions to promote community cohesion and enable everyone to contribute towards making Coventry a place where people choose to live, learn and work. 

The Migration Team celebrates diversity while also ensuring rights, opportunities and responsibilities are understood. Projects including: 

  • Building Bridges 

  • Ignite Integration Programme, and  

  • MiFriendly Cities  

aim to promote a more holistic approach towards integration by involving local communities, maximising skills and cultural awareness and creating opportunities for social and economic growth in the city.

What is the job role?

The Migration Team is excited to announce that it has been awarded funding for a  new project  starting in September and October.     

The ‘Your Vision, Your Future’ programme funded until December 2023 through the ESF and Youth Employment Initiative seeks to support young people aged 16-29 from refugee and migrant communities who are NEET to move into education, training, employment or apprenticeships.  

To ensure the successful delivery of each programme, the Migration Team are seeking to recruit an Employment Officer – Employers/Businesses (Your Vision Your Future) to join the team.  

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with experience of supporting vulnerable clients, in particular young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds who are NEET to progress into sustainable employment. 

While liaising with the existing employment and career related services in the city,  you will be actively working with the key stakeholders to deliver an employment service that is customised to the needs of the client group. As part of your role, you will assess the needs of the clients and liaise with employers to get the best outcomes for your  clients.  

We are looking for a passionate and flexible person who has good experience of externally funded employment programmes to support Young People from refugee and migrant backgrounds  into work. You will bring your learning and skills into this role to help deliver the employment related outcomes for this project. 

Candidates with similar experience in other sectors with transferable skills will also be considered. 

Please note, recruitment is subject to final political approval and authorization of contracts. 

Your Vision Your Future Project Manager post is part-funded by the European Social Fund and supported under the Youth Employment Initiative 

Who are we looking for?

You will need to be self-starter with the ability to engage and motivate people. With a good understanding of the barriers that young people who are NEET, you should have: 

  • A good understanding of the different careers and the pathways to support young people who are NEET. 

  • Experience of working with local employers to ensure the best outcome for clients 

  • Key stakeholder engagement skills to establish relationships that meet the needs and aspirations of this client group.  

  • Experience of engaging and working with diverse, hard to reach communities, in particular  young people who are NEET. 

  • Ability develop tools and processes to monitor the effectiveness of the support delivered to the clients. 

  • Advise and develop bespoke advice to clients to help them progress towards their employment goals. 

When applying for this role you will be asked to write a personal statement. When writing your personal statement please include narrative against the following  questions: 

  • Please outline your experience of working with vulnerable clients to move them into sustained employment, in particular Young People who are NEET. 

  • Please outline the strategies you have used to engage with hard to engage communities, including Young People who are NEET 

  • Please outline your experience of working on externally funded employment programmes, e.g. ESF; Home Office, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government 

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!

There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.

We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.

As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.

Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

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